Drunk driving is considered a very dangerous behavior that law enforcement is constantly trying to stop in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York State. People who are confronted with drunk driving charges must be aware that even though there is a social stigma related to DWI, they still have rights to a strong defense even if they have a high blood-alcohol content level or are charged with felony drunk driving. There are numerous ways to deal with multiple offenses related to DWI and it is important to have legal help.
A 26-year-old woman was arrested on multiple charges for DWI after a traffic stop. The officer who made the stop had been investigating a separate accident at 4:22 a.m. when he saw a vehicle with a single working headlight that was not using proper care for emergency vehicles. The vehicle was stopped, an investigation was conducted and the officer determined that the woman was under the influence. She was arrested and charged with DWI, DWI with a BAC above .08 percent, and for the violations with the headlight and the emergency vehicles. She was released on her own recognizance and has a court date.
People who are charged with DWI might not be “criminals” in the general sense of the word, but that does not mean they will not face similar penalties that people who are charged with other crimes will have to deal with. Depending on the level of charges, there can be jail time, fines, a loss of driving privileges and more. Despite the seriousness of DWI allegations, there are strategies that can be used to craft a successful defense. The way the traffic stop and arrest was conducted, the machinery that was used to determine BAC and more can all be called into question.
In this case, a woman was arrested for DWI after a law enforcement officer saw an equipment issue and a failure to adhere to the law with emergency vehicles. Although the charges are serious, she must remember her rights and discuss a defense strategy with an attorney immediately.
Source: hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com, “Kingston Woman Arrested for DWI,” Kathy Welsh, Aug. 16, 2017